Syllabus-POL+101-Online-SPRING-2010 - Cerritos College...

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Cerritos College Spring 2010 POL 101 ONLINE : American Political Institutions ) mypoliscilab class ID: cm832673 Back to My Home Page COURSE SYLLABUS This is a tentative syllabus, there MAY be changes made to the Exams, Quizzes, and Reading Assignments as the semester progresses. INSTRUCTOR: DR. SUNDAY P. OBAZUAYE OFFICE: Social Science Building Room10 (SS-10) PHONE: (562)860-2451 ext.2754 E-MAIL: [email protected] OFFICE HOURS: M 3:30-4:30pm; T/TH 3:30-4:30pm; and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will fundamentally facilitate an understanding of democratic ideals and American politics. Emphasis will be placed on the decision making process and the principal actors and/or decision makers. We will analyze the American public, the three institutions of government (the executive, legislative and judicial branches), major American linkage institutions (the bureaucracy, elections, political parties, the mass media, and public opinion), the politics of public policy (social, economic, and foreign and defense), and some aspects of California state and local government. Transfer credit: CSU; UC (CAN GOVT 2) INSTRUCTIONAL MODES AND STRATEGIES: Online lectures, writing assignments and possibly group assignments when necessary. 1
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COURSE GOALS Students will gain an understanding of 1) American democratic ideals; 2) the major documents, institutions, actors, and policies at the federal, state, and local government levels; and 3) the ability to critically analyze American politics relative to the ideals of American democracy. COURSE MATERIALS A. The following book is required for this course, and is available in the Cerritos College Bookstore: Coleman, Goldstein & Howell. Understanding American Politics and Government, 2009 edition with MyPoliscilab Student Access Code card. Pearson/Longman, value pack ISBN 9780558445720 . B. In addition to the recommended textbook, students are encouraged to follow current political events in the media. Exemplary sources include: CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, etc. (Newspapers are available in the library and on the internet). C. Mypoliscilab The Mypoliscilab student access code card comes with comprehensive registration and navigation instructions. To register for this course you need to use the mypoliscilab class ID: cm832673. The access code card will tell you how to find and use all online resources. Look specifically for information related to: Chapter Quizzes Roundtables and Debates The Weekly News Review and Quizzes Chapter Activities/Multimedia Activities For technical support call The Pearson Team at 1-800-677-6337 ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING (Tentative) Readings You are responsible for reading all assigned chapters. We will attempt to cover as many chapters to meet the objectives of the course. Each chapter consists of reading materials, online exercises/simulations and multimedia materials. Once you have purchased the required text and
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